ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Concentration of Media Ownership and the Imagination of Free Speech

How can one make sense of the increasing concentration of media ownership on the one hand and the idea of freedom of speech on the other? Is there an inherent conflict between laws that set out to protect the freedom of speech and expression under Article 19(1)(a), and the freedom to trade under Article 19(1)(g) of the Constitution? The author looks at the relationship of media ownership and media infrastructure, examines how the government has used policies that regulate newspaper infrastructure, and traces some narratives of conflict between the two rights of freedom of speech and expression and the freedom to trade.

The author would like to thank Sukumar Muralidharan and Vibodh Parthasarathi for their comments and feedback and the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla, for initiating a dialogue around the power of communication that helped shape this paper.

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